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Ryan: Learn, Move On

Vodafone Fiji 7s head coach, Ben Ryan said, they had nothing else, but to learn from their loss to Australia in the last leg of the 2014/15 HSBC World Sevens
08 Jan 2015 11:46
Ryan: Learn, Move On

Vodafone Fiji 7s head coach, Ben Ryan said, they had nothing else, but to learn from their loss to Australia in the last leg of the 2014/15 HSBC World Sevens Series.

Ryan said shared his thoughts yesterday after the Geraint Jones-coached Australian side bounced back from their 35-12 loss at the Gold Coast tournament to shut out the Fijians 24-29 in Dubai and 31-19 in South Africa.

“The Australians are one of the current top in-form sides in the world so that challenge is to be expected,” he said. “It’s a tough Series and we can’t win all our games but we have learnt a lot from those two games and are keen to implement those lessons in Wellington.”

The national 7s team are expected to qualify with Australia from Pool C of the Wellington Sevens despite being the second-seeded team.

Ryan however, warned that they cannot be complacent as they also have Portugal and Wales in the pool and they are no pushover teams as well.

Looking at the start of the Series, Ryan says, Portugal and Wales have lifted their game.

“It’s going to be a tough pool. Portugal have improved a lot in the last two tournaments. Wales are always a tough side to play against and are well- coached.”

Ryan said he is expecting a tough competition in Wellington and throughout the Series as teams want a top four placing to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

At their training camp, Ryan says, he is focused on checking out player’s fitness before confirming if any of them would be cleared to play for their club in the Uluinakau 7s tournament that starts tomorrow at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

Ryan said he would also give an update today on injuries suffered by playmaker Jerry Tuwai and forward Semi Kunatani.

“I will know more this week but both of them should be fine.”

Fiji are currently in the second spot of Series with 51 points behind leaders South Africa who have 59. New Zealand are in third position with 47 followed by Australia with 46.

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